Information from Hokitika.org — the ‘Cool Little Town’
Hokitika township is located near the beach and its very compact. This means easy walking to explore our beach town. It’s also surrounded by the Hokitika River to the South, the Tasman Sea to the West and the Southern Alps to the East so the view on your walk can be awesome in all directions.
Hokitika is about smack in the centre of the West Coast road along the Southern Alps, New Zealand making it your perfect West Coast base. It’s easy days trips to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and Arthur’s Pass. Travelling further than that? It’s only 3 hours from Christchurch and only around a half day’s drive to Nelson to the North and Wanaka to the South.
See below for maps and guides on the town, region and activities:
Cycling — West Coast Wilderness Trail
The 136km West Coast Wilderness Trail is a four day cycling adventure which goes through dense rainforest and past glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands as the track travels from Greymouth in the north, through Kumara and Hokitika and then to Ross in the south.
‘Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ is a partnership project between the Government and the Green Party. One of the ambitions for the New Zealand Cycle Trail is that it will generate economic, social and environmental benefits for communities around New Zealand.
The first three days of the West Coast Wilderness Trail have been completed.
On Saturday 23 November 2013, following tremendous hard work and fundraising by the Westland and Grey District communities, major financial sponsorship from the Government and Development West Coast, as well as valued input from many other dedicated parties, the Greymouth to Hokitika leg of the trail was officially opened.
The final stage from Hokitika to Ross is currently under construction to complete the full four day experience.
More information about the Trail is available from:
- The West Coast Wilderness Trail website, www.westcoastwildernesstrail.co.nz
- Follow them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/WestCoastWildernessTrail
Image by Kate Veale